- a short stanza concluding a poem in certain archaic metrical forms, as a ballade, and serving as a dedication, or a similar postscript to a prose composition.
- Formal name: envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary a diplomat of the second class, ranking between an ambassador and a minister resident
- an accredited messenger, agent, or representative
- a brief dedicatory or explanatory stanza concluding certain forms of poetry, notably ballades
- a postscript in other forms of verse or prose
“messenger,” 1660s, from French envoyé “messenger,” literally “one sent” (12c.), noun use of past participle of envoyer “send,” from Vulgar Latin *inviare “send on one’s way,” from Latin in “on” (see in- (2)) + via “road” (see via (adv.)). The same French word was borrowed in Middle English to mean “a stanza of a poem sending it off to find readers” (late 14c.).